The Greatest Goals

“Diego Maradona – Marco Van Basten – Zinedine Zidane – Saeed Owairan – Pele – Archie Gemmill – Carlos Alberto – Ferenc Puskas – Diego Maradona – Lionel Messi…” (World Soccer)

The Sad Underside of Global Game’s Untold Riches (NYT)
“May is the month of triumph and despair in Europe. The two outstanding teams on the Continent, Manchester United and Barcelona, are closing in on their domestic league titles and will meet in the final of the Champions League in Rome on May 27.”

Mauritius joins Southern African countries gearing up for 2010 (FIFA)
“Mauritius has teamed up with the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to join Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and hosts South Africa in a top line-up of accommodation providers.”

Mexico Turns Its Back on South America (NYT)
“The latest victims of the outbreak of swine flu are two of the most-revered things in Mexico — soccer and the country’s international reputation. One is tangible, the other a sensitive state of mind.”

Jose ends illustrious Ahly career (BBC)
“Manuel Jose has brought an end to his illustrious coaching career with Egyptian giants Al Ahly after six years in charge.”>

Low-key start to Brazilian champ (BBC – Tim Vickery)
“The biggest criticism that I could make of the organisation of Brazilian football is as follows – on the opening weekend of the national championship, the leading star in the entire competition was rested.”

African goals in Europe: 09-10 May (BBC)
“After a season blighted by injury Senegal’s Diomansy Kamara celebrated his first league start of the season with two goals for Fulham in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.”

Nigeria: Our Continental Flagbearers (allAfrica)
“The splendid showing of our flagbearers in Africa’s club competitions last week, has again demonstrated that if properly managed and motivated, Nigerian clubs have what it takes to hold their own against the best on the continent.”

Iran line up three friendlies (AFC)
“Iran will prepare for their FIFA World Cup qualifier against DPR Korea next month with friendlies against Syria, Vietnam and China, the ISNA news agency reported.”

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